Covenant Baseball Falls To Methodist 13-5

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Covenant baseball team committed six errors and Methodist took advantage as the Monarchs claimed the series victory with a 13-5 win over the Scots on Saturday afternoon at Fleming Stadium.

The series loss is the first for Covenant since the Scots dropped three straight at Huntingdon in March. Covenant still holds on to first place in the USA South, but drop to 21-10 overall and 15-6 in the league. Methodist improves to 19-12 on the season and 13-8 in conference action.

Of the 13 runs for Methodist, just three were earned runs. Still, the Monarchs produced 14 hits led by Stephen Nalls and Tyler Hardee's three hits apiece. Hardee had a pair of RBIs. Steven Kirby launched his second home run of the series, a grand slam in the fourth inning, and finished with a hit and four RBIs.

Covenant starter Alhanon Miller (4-3) picks up the loss as he allowed five runs, two earned on eight hits in 2.1 innings. Relievers Taylor Bloye, Jordan Lester and Chris Rollins combined to throw the final 5.2 innings.

Methodist got on the board with four straight singles that led to two runs in the first inning. The Monarchs added three more runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Covenant cut the deficit to 5-3 with three runs in the third. Rollins took a bases loaded walk and Paul Phillips lofted a shallow single to left field that plated two runs.

A Covenant error allowed the fourth inning to extend and Kirby took advantage with a grand slam to left field, his second homer of the year, that gave the Monarchs a 9-3 lead.

Covenant scored twice in the fifth, both runs coming off the bat of Alex Kerr as he drove in a pair with a pinch-hit single.

Rollins and Phillips both went 2-for-3 while Phillips had two RBIs and Rollins tallied one. Scott Gillespie went 3-for-5 with a run scored and Kerr added a hit in two trips with two RBIs.

Methodist reliever Darin Salter (5-0) gets the win as he went 3.1 scoreless innings after relieving starter Rett Lee. Salter surrendered two hits.

Covenant will return to Lookout Mountain on Tuesday to face non-conference foe Birmingham Southern at 4 p.m.

Dalton State Hires Director Of Soccer

Dalton State Athletic Director Derek Waugh announced Monday that 20-year coaching veteran Kerem Daser has been hired as the Director of Soccer for the Roadrunners.  “I want to thank the hiring committee for the professional job that they did and for selecting me to lead the soccer program in an already prestigious athletic department at Dalton State,” Daser said. “I cannot ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: A Special Hall Of Fame Class

The 2014 class of inductees into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame was really something special. The group was headed by a pair of Atlanta Braves’ pitchers and their manager. It also included Former Braves’ and Yankees’ manager Joe Torre and White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, who played baseball at Auburn. In other words, it was a great day for the south. Braves’ pitchers Greg ... (click for more)

City Council Presents Potential Ordinance To Address Noise Level Downtown

Members of the Chattanooga City Council presented a potential ordinance to address concerns about the noise level downtown. If passed, the ordinance will put limits on both dB(A) and dB(C) levels of sound. It was noted, "When we compare our dB level, it is clear that Chattanooga is lower than Nashville and Knoxville." However, this comparison only takes dB(A) levels into consideration. ... (click for more)

Man Shot On Ohls Avenue While Working In His Yard

A Chattanooga man was shot Tuesday evening, while working in his yard. At approximately 8:55 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 4217 Ohls Ave. for a shooting. Officers located 34-year-old Daniel Marlowe suffering from a single gunshot wound to his hip.  Mr. Marlowe stated to investigators that while he was working in his yard, three black males approached him and ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scottsboro’s Pat Trammell

I got a warm feeling Tuesday when it was announced Pat Trammell will be among those in the inaugural class of the Jackson County (Ala.) Sports Hall of Fame. When the august group is enshrined at Scottsboro’s Goose Pond Civic Center on Nov. 1, most folks won’t even know who Pat Trammell was but I knew all about him in my very first year as a fledgling sports writer back in 1967 and, ... (click for more)